Man charged in fatal assault of girlfriend at MGM Grand Detroit sent for psych evaluation

Daniel Michalak charged in Tia Vellucci's death

Daniel S. Michalak (WDIV)
Daniel S. Michalak (WDIV)

DETROIT – A 33-year-old St. Clair Shores man charged in connection with the death of his girlfriend, whose body was found in a hotel room at MGM Grand Detroit, has been sent for a psych evaluation.

Daniel S. Michalak is accused of stabbing Tia Marie Vellucci, 27, of Davison, and leaving her dead in room 408.

Deputies were called to the MGM Grand Casino at 12:49 p.m. on May 29 because Michalak was acting hysterically, police said. They received information that led them to check his hotel room, where they found Vellucci's body on the floor, police said.

Officials said Vellucci had multiple stab wounds.

"It appears to be a tragic domestic situation unfolding as we speak," Assistant Detroit Police Chief James White said. "The good news is the (perpetrator) is in custody."

Michalak is charged with assault with intent to murder, assault with intent to maim and assault with intent to do great bodily harm, Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy announced.

He was arraigned Friday and is being held at the Wayne County Jail on $1 million bail.

During a probable cause hearing Wednesday, Michalak was referred to the forensic center for competency and criminal responsibility evaluations.

He is scheduled to return to court Sept. 6.

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